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RATINGS: 1707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Samuel Adams® Boston Ale was first brewed to celebrate the opening of our Boston Brewery. Like Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, it was an old family recipe that was rescued by Jim Koch from his father’s attic. Samuel Adams® Boston Ale, a Stock Ale, has a complex, caramel malt character balanced with distinct spicy and herbal hop notes. Our proprietary ale yeast imparts a variety of fruit and ester notes in both the nose and flavor which are indicative of the style. Stock Ale, one of the few classic beer styles to have originated in the United States, has a strong New England heritage. The style draws its name from the cool "stock cellars" in which it was aged. This technique imparted a smoothness and body which became the hallmark of this style. Keeping with the Stock Ale style, Samuel Adams® Boston Ale is fermented at cooler almost lager like temperatures and conditioned much longer than most ales. It also is Krausened and dry hopped.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 malty aroma. Plenty of flavor, nicely balanced with caramel malt up front and a crisp hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2003 New Rating: Slight light fruit aroma with a touch a bittering hops. Clear amber color with a decent head. Starts and slightly bitter and ends a bit too sweet. Old Rating: A decent ale. In many bars, this is the best you can do.
Earlier Rating: 2/23/2002 Total Score: 2.1
This light beer lacked any real character, except for tinges of skunkiness. Any Uno’s that you go to will have better beer than this weak attempt at brewing from Sam Adams. If you have a Budcoorsmiller drinker with you, make them drink this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pilsnerrogge (2577) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2009 Bottled:
Pours clear amber with a small head. Sweet and malty aroma with notes of almonds. Flavour is pretty much like the aroma plus some caramel and bitter orange peels. Tastes like a macro-ale; lifeless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 23, 2002
Clear amber. Frothy large off white head. Steady carbonation. Crisp aroma. Nice and fresh and bitterly hoppy with a toasted bread malt base. Finishes with a slight macro taste. Actually tasted like a watered down Boston Lager. Very respectable.
Earlier Rating: 7/18/2001 Total Score: 4
Excellent english style ale. Definite toasty, earthy flavors with a mild buttery yeast flavor. Nice spiciness from the Fuggles/Goldings? combo. Sweet brew at room temp. Brings out the flavors even more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smc12399 (25) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Didn’t care for it at first but like most good beers it grew on me. I mean it didn’t actually grow on my arm or anything, oh nevermind!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 17, 2002
Not to bad a little mild for a pale ale to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2002
ehh its trusty,a little on the malty side, but i found it quite delicious for a middy priced single...perhaps ill have it again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUN 7, 2002
*Re-rate*: This brew pours from the bottle a sparkling orange. The massive rocky off-white head is fully lasting with excellent lacing. The over-achieving nose is brown sugar, caramel, flowers, dates, raisins and lightly roasted malt. The rich, complex and balanced flavor has a spiced orange acidity, and a long lightly roasted malt finish. The medium to full body is creamy and lively with a very dry finish. A stellar sipper if allowed to breath and warm to 55 degrees or so. *Original Rating* 2/24/02 8-4-7-4-15; 3.8 (from memory). This was my introduction to the Sam Adams line. I wasn’t disappointed.
Earlier Rating: 3/30/2002 Total Score: 3.7
Had one of these on tap with my pizza tonight. This brew pours a clear golden brown amber (copper). The average sized mostly diminishing creamy head has good lacing. The light nose is clean and balanced between toasted malt grain and hay and perfumed grassy hops with a subtle earthiness. The flowery flavor was light to medium balanced between sweet and bitter with a average nutty finish. The soft carbonation created a smooth and creamy feel to the just less than medium bodied mouthfeel that ended slightly metallic. A perfect compliment to my garlic and basil inspired cuisine. Above average, wouldn’t hesitate to have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
I don’t mind this ale at all - its my ’go to’ when at a bar and they only have cr@p on draft. Decent taste and I for one can appreciate the amltiness of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2002
I was surprised at the low alcohol content. The aroma was very strong, I smelled it from several feet away, herbal malts. The flavor was balanced VERY well, decent hop bitterness, but something was missing...not a very inventive brew, but thanks for trying.

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